Dental composite bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure in which a tooth-coloured resin material (composite) is applied to the teeth and bonded to improve their appearance. It can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, close gaps, reshape teeth, and cover discolourations.
Dental composite bonding and veneers both enhance the appearance of teeth, but they differ in their application. Composite bonding involves applying and shaping a resin directly on the tooth’s surface, while veneers are thin porcelain shells custom-made in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. Bonding is less invasive but may require more maintenance over time.
Dental composite bonding is not considered a permanent solution, but it can last several years with proper care. The lifespan varies depending on factors like the patient’s oral hygiene, eating habits, and the location of the bonded teeth. Bonding may need touch-ups or replacement over time.
Dental composite bonding is relatively low-maintenance. Patients should practice good oral hygiene by brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups. Avoiding habits like biting on hard objects can help extend the life of the bonding. Staining can occur, so minimizing consumption of staining substances like coffee, tea, and tobacco is recommended.
In general, dental composite bonding is suitable for many individuals with minor cosmetic concerns. However, it may not be recommended for those with more severe structural issues or bruxism (teeth grinding), which can cause premature bonding failure. Ask your dentist to determine if you are a good candidate for dental composite bonding and to discuss your specific needs and expectations.